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Passing for Human


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"I don't draw because I love to draw. I don't draw because I draw well. I draw because once, I lost something - and by drawing, I will find it again."

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Liana Finck's work appears regularly in The New Yorker and on Catapult, and in her popular Instagram feed. She also has work forthcoming or previously published in The Paris Review, Slate, Harpers, The New York Review of Books, the LA Review of Books, The Awl, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She has been on contract with The New Yorker since 2015. Her first graphic novel, A Bintel Brief, was published by Ecco Press in 2014. She is the recipient of a Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists; a Fulbright Fellowship; a NYFA award in fiction and art residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo. Finck received a B.A. from Cooper Union. Her Instagram account currently has over 135,000 followers, a number which grows daily. Among her followers are Mark Ronson, Alanis Morisette, Ariana Grande, Dan Savage, Christoph Niemann, and Jenny Slate.


It's impossible not to admire both [Finck's] ambition and the beautiful economy of her line drawings... There is a resonant truth at the heart of this book, and it soars above everything else. -- Rachel Cooke * Observer *
Strangely compelling... gorgeous. -- Teddy Jamieson * Herald Scotland, **Books of the Year** *
In its ambition, framing, and multiple layers, [Passing for Human] raises the bar for graphic narrative. Even fans of [Liana Finck's] work in the New Yorker will be blindsided by this outstanding book. * Kirkus Review *
A beautiful, fictionalised memoir combines intelligence and appealingly scratchy artwork with serious soul-searching. * Guardian, 50 of the Biggest Books to Look Out For in Autumn 2018 *
A sure hit for readers of graphic memoirs. * Booklist *

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